In August 2005, the mall was severely damaged and vandalized as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The common area section was closed for nearly 2 years. This rendering, and the one that follows, depict the interior of OAKWOOD CENTER after it was rebuilt.
Here we see the 10-bay Food Court, post-renovation. Most of the pre-Katrina tenants did not return to the reconstructed food facility. Only New Orleans Original Daiquiris, Philly's Steakhouse and Chick-Fil-A weathered the storm.
The west end of OAKWOOD CENTER remained closed long after the rest of the mall had re-opened. Mervyn's, who had been in a store-closing downward spiral for some time, never resumed operation. This open-air Streetscape section was proposed as a replacement for the idle West Wing and vacant Mervyn's. It was never built.
Drawing from www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)